Grey's Anatomy, Season 11
Season No.
September 25, 2014 - May 14, 2015
No. Of Episodes
DVD Release
August 18, 2015
Season Eleven of Grey's Anatomy initially aired on September 25, 2014 with the premiere episode on ABC and ended on May 14, 2015 with the season finale. The season comprises of 25 episodes.


Plot PointsEdit


Principle CastEdit

Season ten featured 15 actors appearing in a starring billing. All season ten cast members returned for the tenth year with the exception of Sandra Oh, Gaius Charles and Tessa Ferrer. Oh's Cristina and Charles' Shane both departed for Zurich in the previous season finale while Ferrer's Leah made her final appearance in the season finale after being fired in the penultimate episode. The season also featured Caterina Scorsone being promoted to a series regular as Amelia. Scorsone previously starred in Private Practice's fourth, fifth and sixth seasons (which ran concurrently to Grey's Anatomy's seventh, eighth and ninth) and Scorsone also guest starred in six Grey's Anatomy episodes, including the four final Season 10 episodes.

Season stars Pompeo, Chambers, McKidd, Capshaw, Williams, Luddington and Hinton appear in all 12 currently aired eleventh season episodes.

* Credited from "All I Could Do Was Cry" onward, recurring beforehand


I Must Have Lost It On The Wind

Episode number: 01
Original air date: September 25, 2014
Plot: With Cristina gone and her marriage on the rocks as Derek readies to move to D.C, Meredith finds her life in a state of flux as a deadly wind sweeps over Seattle. Meanwhile Maggie attempts to make a good impression on Meredith, her half-sister, but her efforts may be in vain as the two come to blows over a patient, culminating in an operating room showdown while treating a patient who lost his family and Maggie's presence has a profound effect on Richard, who finds himself revisiting parts of his past he'd put behind him, unknowingly letting Amelia in his secret. In the wake of Cristina's departure, the doctors try to rally behind Owen while Bailey and Alex learn they will have to compete for Yang's seat on the board when they learn the vacancy will be decided by a board vote. Derek makes a decision about his future while Callie and Arizona both find their decision to have a surrogacy jeopardized.
Recurring characters: Geena Davis as Nicole Herman, Jason George as Ben Warren, Sally Pressman as Ellis Grey and Kelly McCreary as Maggie Pierce


Puzzle With A Piece Missing

Episode number: 02
Original air date: October 2, 2014
Plot: Maggie continues to find her niche at Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital as she continues to navigate the personal and professional complications of her secret lineage, especially as she and Meredith continue to clash especially when the come to blows over Maggie's treatment of an elderly patient wishing to die on her own terms. Meanwhile, Owen struggles to let Maggie out of Cristina's shadow when he discovers she is still investigating Cristina's last patient's condition while Jo inadvertently jeopardizes Alex's future when she discloses his board seat nomination to Maggie, which leads to his practice discovering the truth. Callie and Arizona continue to disagree on whether they should persue a surrogacy or whether Arizona should accept her fellowship while, both aware of Maggie's parentage, Richard and Amelia both try to find their own ways to push Maggie towards connecting with Meredith.
Recurring characters: Kelly McCreary as Maggie Pierce


Got To Be Real

Episode number: 03
Original air date: October 9, 2014
Plot: Alex and Bailey prepare to face the board in order for them to elect one of them to Cristina's vacant seat, but Alex finds himself distracted by Meredith who turns to him in order to help deal with Maggie's life-altering revelation, leading the two to delve further into Ellis Grey's past. Meanwhile, Jo grows concerned that Alex and Meredith's friendship is interfereing in her relationship, and Maggie continues to confide in Richard, pushing him to finally tell her the truth about his relationship with Ellis. Owen tries to convince Callie to continue her work on army veterans injured in the field, but the two find themselves at professional odds when Owen pushes Callie too far. Meanwhile, having decided to stay in Seattle, Derek finds himself competing with Amelia for leadership of the neurosurgery department and, with Callie already distracted by her veteran's project, Arizona struggles to balance her fellowship and leading her department, making her question her commitment to having another child.
Recurring characters: Geena Davis as Nicole Herman and Kelly McCreary as Maggie Pierce


Only Mama Knows

Episode number: 04
Original air date: October 16, 2014
Plot: In an attempt to reconsile the discover of her half-sister, Meredith goes searching through her mother's diaries and old video footage as both she and Richard find themselves dealing with their memories of Ellis Grey. Meredith attempts to piece together the parts of her childhood she can't remember, including her mother's suicide attempt and pregnancy, while Richard grapples with the consequences of the decisions he made during his residency, all while cautiously avoiding Maggie. Meanwhile, Meredith's refusal to confide in Derek the truth about her half-sister further fuels their fight while Maggie drops a bombshell when she resigns from Grey Sloan Memorial, prompting new board member Bailey into action in order to keep her on the staff. Elsewhere, Alex is dejected to learn that the board vote wasn't as contentious as Arizona led him to believe while Arizona continues to struggle balancing her role as department head and her fellowship.
Recurring characters: Sally Pressman as Younger Ellis Grey, J. August Richards as Younger Richard Webber, Kelly McCreary as Maggie Pierce and Kate Burton as Ellis Grey


Bend And Break

Episode number: 05
Original air date: October 23, 2014
Plot: Callie and Arizona are forced to face up to the band-aids they've placed on their relationship after their plan to expand their family causes them to reassess everything they've been through as old scars from Arizona's departure, Callie's pregnancy, the plane crash and Arizona's infidelity are forced to the surface. During a 30 day trial separation, the couple find themselves reconciling who they were before they met and who they've become, both as a unity and individuals. Meanwhile, Callie continues to throw herself into her veterans project while finding a confident in Meredith while Arizona continues to try and impress Dr. Herman, while also struggling with letting Alex assume control of her pediatric practice.
Recurring characters: Geena Davis as Nicole Herman


Don't Let's Start

Episode number: 06
Original air date: November 6, 2014
Plot: Derek urges Meredith to attempt to build bridges between herself, Maggie and Richard by inviting them to a family dinner, but the arrangement does little to repair the damage between Richard and Maggie and also highlights the fractures in Derek and Meredith's marriage. Elsewhere, Owen and Jo both find themselves dealing with the personal implications of a former vet who arrives in the E.R after a car jacking, forcing Jo to confess her fears about her relationship with Alex, while Bailey's patient makes her reassess her own approach to her health after a heartburn turns into something much more sinister. April faces the arrival of her mother to Seattle and her mother's unwelcome enthusiasm about her baby preparations forces April to try and reconcile her role as a mother and a doctor, and her issues in her relationship with her mother while, still reeling from her separation from Callie, Arizona finds herself pushes one step too far by Dr. Herman as she tries to put her all into her fellowship.
Recurring characters: Geena Davis as Nicole Herman, Jason George as Ben Warren, Connie Ray as Karen Kepner and Kelly McCreary as Maggie Pierce


Could We Start Again, Please?

Episode number: 07
Original air date: November 13, 2014
Plot: When the doctors are faced with the survivors of a house fire, Amelia's tragic past comes back to haunt her when her patient's daughter exposes her addiction to the rest of the hospital's staff. As Amelia finds herself struggling with her past catching up with her, Owen's concerns about her surgical ability forces Derek to choose between protecting his sister or reclaiming leadership of his department. Meanwhile, Meredith tries to make amends with Maggie after their failed attempt at a family dinner and Bailey oversees Jo's first solo procedure, but Jo soon discovers that things may not have gone as smoothly as she first believed. Arizona, still reeling from Herman's life-altering revelation, finds herself forced into action when Herman takes an unexplained absence, leaving Arizona and April to fight for the life of an expectant mother and her child.
Recurring characters: Geena Davis as Nicole Herman and Kelly McCreary as Maggie Pierce



Episode number: 08
Original air date: November 20, 2014
Plot: When Meredith and Maggie disagree with Derek over the correct course of treatment for a patient, it bring matters between Meredith and Derek to a head as they are forced to face the issues in their marriage head on, an issue exacerbated when the President continues to try and lure Derek back to the brain mapping initiative, while Richard finds his attempts to give Maggie space further complicated by Meredith and Derek. Meanwhile, Arizona grows increasingly concerned about Herman's ability to operate and strives to discover more about her prognosis, bringing Amelia into the fold, while Jo confronts Alex about his commitment to their relationship. Callie worries she's pushing her veterans too far when a friendly competition has dire consequences for her patient and Stephanie finds herself in too deep when a routine ultrasound uncovers a devastating diagnosis for April and Jackson's child.
Recurring characters: Geena Davis as Nicole Herman and Kelly McCreary as Maggie Pierce


Where Do We Go From Here?

Episode number: 09
Original air date: January 29, 2015
Plot: The doctor's of Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital must deal with the victims of a car accident caused by a mother, raising questions of whether she caused the accident intentionally, bringing Meredith and April's personal and professional lives into a collision course. Meredith tries to cope with balancing her role as a surgeon and a mother in the wake of Derek's departure to D.C, as the future of their marriage becomes less and less clear. April is devastated when Jackson reveals Stephanie's discovery that their unborn baby suffers from the fatal disorder osteogenesis imperfecta, prompting both Jackson and Owen to grow concerned about her stability. Meanwhile, Herman is furious when she discovers that Arizona and Amelia acquired the scans of her tumour, but Arizona tries to get through to her when Amelia believes she can save her life and Bailey faces a case that makes her question her role as a mother.
Recurring characters: Geena Davis as Nicole Herman and Kelly McCreary as Maggie Pierce


The Bed's Too Big Without You

Episode number: 10
Original air date: February 5, 2015
Plot: With Derek and Cristina both gone, Meredith is forced to face up to her loneliness now that she's sleeping alone without her partner or her person while she, Maggie and Bailey turn to 3D printing in order to better understand a patient's tumour and Alex begins to get an insight into exactly what taking over Cristina's role in Meredith's life entails. Meanwhile, Arizona begins testing on April and Jackson's unborn child's disorder and, while April tries to remain optimistic, Jackson attempts to approach the situation rationally, forcing their opposing religious views back into the forefront. Callie and Owen try to encourage each other to re-enter the dating world while, after attempting to explain her approach towards tackling Herman's tumour to the residents, Amelia begins to question her ability.
Recurring characters: Geena Davis as Nicole Herman, Kelly McCreary as Maggie Pierce and Connie Ray as Karen Kepner


All I Could Do Was Cry

Episode number: 11
Original air date: February 12, 2015
Plot: After Herman delivers the devastating news to April and Jackson that their baby will die after delivery, April finds herself hoping for a mircale but, as Jackson looks for a way to try and help his wife through her grief, April finds herself struggling to comprehend her grief and her faith, forcing her to question her belief in a fair and just God. Meanwhile, April and Jackson's plight bring back scars from scars from Amelia's and she tries to focus on preparing for Herman's surgery, but her practices force Stephanie to question Amelia's ethics while Catherine returns to Seattle to help her family through their ordeal, bringing her and Richard back into each other's lives. Meredith tries to find a way to spend the weekend visiting Derek while Bailey and Callie treat a woman admitted into the E.R with a gunshot wound, but their surgery soon uncovers secrets about the patient that even she was unaware of.
Recurring characters: Debbie Allen as Catherine Avery, Jason George as Ben Warren and Geena Davis as Nicole Herman


The Great Pretender

Episode number: 12
Original air date: February 19, 2015
Plot: Maggie becomes upset when Meredith evades her questions about her visit to D.C, leaving Meredith to question whether or not to tell her the truth about where she really went after Maggie reveals that she knows she didn't visit Derek while Richard begins to feel manipulated by Catherine as she uses him to ease her concern about Jackson after the loss of his son. Elsewhere, Herman begins to grow fond of Arizona after she discovers her trainee isn't as straight-laced as she first seems, as Herman also begins to take extreme measures to pass on her knowledge to Arizona, while Callie struggles with dipping her toe back in the dating scene. Bailey and Ben grow concerned when Ben's brother is admitted to the E.R after collapsing but during his treatment Bailey uncovers a secret that could tear Ben and his brother apart.
Recurring characters: Debbie Allen as Catherine Avery, Jason George as Ben Warren and Geena Davis as Nicole Herman


Staring At The End

Episode number: 13
Original air date: February 26, 2015
Plot: In the weeks leading up to Herman's surgery, all the eyes are on Amelia as she delivers a series of lectures on the increasingly complex surgery but, as she continues to try and put on a brave face, her inferiority complex regarding Derek soon finds her questioning if she taken on more than she can handle. Meanwhile, knowing the end is near, time is of the essence as Herman and Arizona push to get through all their foetal surgeries before the tumour invades the optic nerve, as Herman faces the rigours of radiation therapy and the reality of her increasing illness, while, Bailey approaches Herman hoping to persuade her to take on the case of a pregnant woman very close to her heart. Meanwhile, Owen tries to help Amelia, complicated by their shared kiss, while Stephanie finds herself forced to stand up for herself and her future as a surgeon and Callie begins to grow concerned about Arizona's well-being if Amelia isn't successful.
Recurring characters: Geena Davis as Nicole Herman


The Distance

Episode number: 14
Original air date: March 5, 2015
Plot: After Herman is taken into the O.R, Amelia and Stephanie begin to work on removing her tumour and, with a gallery full of spectators, Amelia soon discovers the task may be more difficult than she ever imagined and, with the shadow of Derek still looming over her, she is forced to do the impossible to save Nicole's life without. Meanwhile, Arizona faces her judgement day as, while growing increasingly concerned about her mentor's fate, is forced to fly solo for the first time as a foetal surgeon on Bailey's patient, with memories of Herman questioning her ability plaguing her mind, finds herself facing opposition from Bailey about the best way to course of action. Elsewhere, Owen and Callie grow concerned about their Amelia and Arizona should the surgery not go their way while Richard attempts to support Amelia through the biggest challenge of her career while April returns to the hospital for the first time since losing her son.
Recurring characters: Geena Davis as Nicole Herman and Jason George as Ben Warren


I Feel The Earth Move

Episode number: 15
Original air date: March 12, 2015
Plot: An earthquake shakes Seattle and sends a flood of patients into the O.R while the earthquake threatens to ruin Meredith's successful streak of surgeries, but her joy is short lived when Jo reveals when the streak begin, forcing her to question whether Derek's absence is helping or hindering her. Meanwhile, after Maggie is trapped in an elevator during the quake with a radiologist who asks her out for coffee and treating a patient with Callie forces her to reconsider her decision to step away from the dating scene while Owen, Amelia and Richard are forced to talk a young girl through saving her mother's life over the phone after they receive a call to the E.R. Jackson recruits Ben to work with him in plastics to try and get him to better understand his sister's situation while April's faces her first day back at work.
Recurring characters: Jason George as Ben Warren


Don't Dream It's Over

Episode number: 16
Original air date: March 19, 2015
Plot: After a phone call to her husband is answered by an unknown woman, Meredith turns to her friends for support to stop herself from assuming the worst of Derek. Meanwhile, a patient with Alzheimer's is admitted into the hospital under Richard's care but Amelia believes she can change his life, prompting Richard to question whether or not to tell Maggie about her genetic predisposition to the disease. Arizona discovers that Callie is dating again and April and Jackson both try to resume some normality in their relationship.


With Or Without You

Episode number: 17
Original air date: March 26, 2015
Plot: With the future of her marriage uncertain after Derek's return, Meredith pushes for a risky procedure for one of Alex's patients as she tries to distract herself from the issues in her relationship as flashbacks reveal Derek's life in D.C. Owen's mother is admitted to the E.R, accompanied by her much younger partner, which angers Owen who, in turn, lashes out at Amelia, questioning their budding romance. Jo diagnoses a patient with a leech in her sinus cavity while Stephanie worries she's placed too much focus on neuro.


When I Grow Up

Episode number: 18
Original air date: April 2, 2015
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Crazy Love

Episode number: 19
Original air date: April 9, 2015
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One Flight Down

Episode number: 20
Original air date: April 16, 2015
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How To Save A Life

Episode number: 21
Original air date: April 23, 2015
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She's Leaving Home, Part 1

Episode number: 22
Original air date: April 30, 2015
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She's Leaving Home, Part 2

Episode number: 23
Original air date: April 30, 2015
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Time Stops

Episode number: 24
Original air date: May 7, 2015
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You're My Home

Episode number: 25
Original air date: May 14, 2015
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